chapter  7
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Non-traditional Family Structures: Adoptive, Single and LGBT

ByApril E. Fallon, Virginia Brabender

This chapter focuses specifically on adoptive, single parent, and LGBT families. Perhaps more difficult than coping with the logistical uncertainties is the task of addressing the affective uncertainties, the apprehensions over the completeness of the bonding processing both before and after the child enters the family. In international adoption, the economic and political realities within the host country will be critical in whether a prospective parent's efforts reach fruition. Patients might react to their discovery of the therapist's adoption, to changes they detect in the therapist as a consequence of the adoption, or some combination of both. Similarly to patient's responding to a therapist pregnancy, responses to adoption are rooted in the patient's own dynamics. The LGBT therapist's well-being at home and at work is highly affected by how peers and supervisors respond to that therapist's identity status.